Jordan & Enhua Bruce are a duo hailing from London, UK and Toudao, China and whilst Jordan is no stranger to production being one half of the Yard One duo and founder of Tact Recordings, his life and now production partner in this new side project marks her production debut with Tryst. A deeply personal endeavour created as a memory of their honeymoon in Japan in 2017, the project features fields recordings taken in Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama and Kiyomizu-dera Bhuddist temple, and Tokyo’s Akihabara and Shibuya districts, Ueno Park and more. ‘Bamboo Forest’ opens the package with a natural ambience from the forest running alongside swelling synths, rumbling sub bass tones and glitched-out percussion before ‘Mountain Mist’ edges into dub territories via billowing pads, modulating percussive clicks, rainy field recordings and snaking bass grooves. ‘Ueno Falls’ then puts the focus on an ethereal pad line, dynamic pops and clicks and a thunderous kick ahead of the stripped-back ‘Skyline Visions’ which features spacey dub echoes, rumbling subs, off-kilter percussion and recordings around the transit system and streets of Tokyo. The last original composition comes in the shape of ‘Akihabara’, Tokyo’s Electric Town, upping the energy levels with soaring resonant synths, shuffled drums and smooth chord sequences. Japanese Jazz artist Gak Sato steps up first on remix duties, adding his unique spin to ‘Ueno Falls’ with loosely flowing organic drums, wandering piano licks and the airy atmospherics of the original. The founders of Apparel Tronic 2KS then close the package, reshaping ‘Bamboo Forest’ into a breakbeat driven, funk- infused cut with contributions on bass from Max Lagana and Vincenzo Marino on the saxophone.
love the vibe of the album…very haunting.
Francois Kevorkian (Wave)
Lovely, will definitely play some of these… Thanks
Charles Webster (Peacefrog)
original tracks are v nice…thnx
Roger Gerressen (Sushitech / Joule Imprint / Tartouffe / Yoyaku)
great sound design and textures.. love it!
Thor (Thor-Thule Records)
All tracks amazing
Andrey Pushkarev (LesIzmo:r / Luck Of Access / Endless / Circus Company)
nice release, thank you.
John Osborn (TANSTAAFL)
nice ep, the originals are great.
DJ Steaw (Rutilance / Steaward)
Great release 🙂
m50 / Area (Wave Music, Ethereal Sound)
I really like this, very space groove and relax.
Diego Krause (Unison Wax, Beste Modus)
Very floaty stuff, will try it out tonight. Thanks!
Massimiliano Pagliara (Live at Robert Johnson)
Dakini9 (Plan B Recordings / Sound Warrior)
It’s really beautiful and a great story behind how the release came to be. Has lots of depth and texture and very organic feel. My favorite is Bamboo Forest original mix with Ueno Falls (Gak Sato remix) as 2nd favorite but the whole release is beautiful.